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Last year I shared with you my family’s tradition of a Non Traditional Christmas Dinner. It is truly a beloved tradition at Christmastime for us, and one that has grown to include many friends and family.
As I shared last year, we have done quite a variety of ethnicity from Peruvian to Cajun, South African to Scandinavian, Greek to Indian. It is customary for us to choose the Christmas theme at Thanksgiving. This year however, friends have been talking about Christmas night at our house all year long and the choice was made months ago. This year the winner is Vietnamese!
This truly warms my heart; that our friends and family look forward to Christmas night so much that they start planning for it months in advance. It is an evening filled with great food, friends, and laughter – no presents, no gift giving, just the joy of each others company. I sense two things this year: 1) it will be bigger than last year and 2) we’ll start planning Christmas 2013 that same night.
When my family was back from New Zealand this past September we had many discussions about how we’ve continued the tradition and expanded it to include friends and others. They were clearly proud and a bit melancholy, as they hoped to join in the festivities. Who knows? Perhaps Christmas 2013 will be a reunion of us all and the best Non-Traditional Christmas Dinner yet!